Published by Henry Holt and Co on August 27, 2019
Genres: YA, Thriller
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Six teens must band together to survive after a shooting breaks out.
When a deadly shooting breaks out in a Portland shopping mall, a diverse group of teens ends up trapped behind a store’s security shutter. To her own surprise, seventeen-year-old Miranda finds the others looking to her as their leader. But she’s hiding a big secret—and she’s not the only one. The group has only three choices—run, hide, or fight back. The wrong decision will have fatal consequences.
Five teens are trapped in a Portland mall when a domestic terrorist group starts shooting and killing people. With no other options, the teens close themselves off in a store with a security gate. Hostages are taken and the teens soon find themselves cut off from the outside world where the only viable alternative is to run, hide or fight back. Will all of the teens make it out alive?
There are just so many things I want to say about this story and I know a lot of readers are going to take issue with the diversity of the teens especially with what is going on now in the book world. Personally, I think April Henry did a fantastic job with Miranda, Amina, Grace, Javier and Cole, the five teens hiding behind the security gate. Henry really hits you with thoughts that are constantly being spoken out loud by many people such as being muslim, wearing a hijab, being undocumented, and so forth. I’ve heard it plenty of times and I know people who have said it plenty of times. Okay, yes they are stereotypes, but this is nothing new and if you think teens and/or adults aren’t saying the same things then you are living under a rock and refuse to accept reality.
I think stories like this one need to be talked about and read especially for young adults which this particular story is more geared towards. It is a shame that this is what this world has come to and children need to learn how to run, hide or fight back if ever faced in a shooting situation. You hear about mass shootings on the news, but you never really think it will happen in your city, until it does. On December 10, 2019, two shooters killed a police detective and three other innocent people when they entered a Jewish grocery store in Jersey City, NJ. This is MY city. This happened a few miles from where I live. My sister is a police officer here, do you know how scary that is to know that a family member is going to be at an active shooting scene? Police officers put themselves in danger every single day they go into work. When a mass shooting like this occurs they all band together all the counties come together as one unit. I have to say, a mass shooter does not deserve to be captured, have a jury by their peers, and go to prison. They should be ended right there and then, period.
There are a lot of things going on in this story and I do think it got to be a little too much to take in all at once. Things such as conspiracy theories, illegal immigration, fear of muslims, drug addiction, trading sex for money, maybe should have been limited to one or two things at most. I just felt like it was a bit too jam packed to the point where none of them could have been discussed throughout the story. I think a discussion on some of the hot topics is needed in the young adult community or at least a better understanding on why these are such hot topics. But, one good point is that even though some of the teens may have thought a certain away, it was nice to see them all join forces and build a trust to help each other survive through their ordeal.
I pretty much figured out the plot from the beginning, but again I think being an adult, it was pretty easy to see, but since this story is geared more towards the younger crowd, I think they will be pretty surprised how it all plays out. There is also a lot of action and a lot of tense moments. It definitely kept me on the edge for the most part.
Run, Hide Fight Back is definitely a book that all young adults should read, talk about and discuss especially now. It is really a powerful and moving story and one I can recommend.